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8 Amazing Message in a Bottle Facts You Don’t Know

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Did you know that in the 16th century, the English Navy used bottled messages to relay information about enemy positions. Queen Elizabeth I even created an official position for people to who open the bottles. They were called Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, and in the event someone else opened the bottles, they will be executed.

That is just one of the many amazing message in a bottle facts you will learn today. So keep reading!

2. People were sending messages in bottles as early as 310 BC


The earliest use of messages in bottles were attributed to the Ancient Greek philosopher Teophrastus, who experimented whether the Mediterranean Sea was formed after the Atlantic Ocean. (Ah, Ancient Greek philosophers, such names you got.)

3. Columbus sent a message in a bottle, just in case


When Christopher Columbus was sailing back to Spain after his first trip to the New World, he encountered a storm. Fearing that his discovery will be futile if he dies, he sealed a note attributed to the Queen of Castile, sealed it into a cask and threw it into the sea, just in case he doesn’t survive.

Fortunately, Columbus did survive. The bottled message, however, wasn’t discovered nor reported. (I imagine it’s in some history buff’s secret collection right now. God we have to find it.)

4. Chunosuke Matsuyama threw a message in a bottle and it ended up in his birthplace

Sorry, there was no image available, here's a photo of a traditional Japanese Village
Sorry, there was no image available, here’s a photo of a traditional Japanese Village

In 1784, Chunosuke Matsuyama, Japanese seaman who went to the Pacific Ocean in search for treasure, sent a message in a bottle. It detailed a shipwreck that killed his 43 shipmates, including himself. In 1935, a Japanese seaweed collector found the bottle washed in the shores of the Hiraturemura village, the birthplace of Matsuyama. (I open at the close.)

5. In 1914, a British solider tossed a message in a bottle into the English Chanel, years later, his daughter is able to read it

Again, no photo available, so here's a photo of the River Thames
Again, no photo available, so here’s a photo of the River Thames

In 1914, a British soldier named Private Thomas Hughes wrote a letter to his wife, put it in a green ginger beer bottle and tossed it into the English Channel. Hughes was killed in France two days later. After 85 years, fisherman Steve Gowan found the bottle in the River Thames but Hughes’ wife died in 1979, so Gowan sent it to Hughes’ 86-year old daughter who lives in New Zealand.

6. There was an almost-love story because of messages in a bottle


In December 1945, American World War II veteran Frank Hayostek tossed a message in a bottle into the sea where an Irish milk maid named Breda O’Sullivan recovered it. They soon exchanged letters for seven years, and eventually met in person. However, the were never able to get their love-story finished in the disappointment of the international media who swarmed at them. (And I can’t even get a good match on Tinder!)

7. A message in a bottle saved 88 migrants

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Sorry, no image available, again.

In May 2005, 88 shipwrecked migrants were rescued in the coasts of Costa Rica after they placed an SOS message in a bottle and tied it into the lines of a passing fishing boat.

8. There is a message in a bottle that Tweets


In March of 2013, a massive message in a bottle weighing 2.5 freaking tons and measuring 30 by 8 feet was towed 200 nautical miles off the Tenerifian coast. After investigation, the bottle was registered as a boat, and was equipped with AIS, radar reflector, and navigation lights.

It was constructed by Koeningsegg owner Bard Eker.

Every eight hours, the bottle uploads its photos on his Twitter account. As it turns out, the bottle was a PR gimmick Solo had planned to invite people to journey online through a gps in the bottle and guess where will it end up.


So there you have it guys, eight super interesting facts about message in a bottle. IF you found this article to be both entertaining and fun, please don’t hesitate to share it. After all, knowledge is best shared.

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